Apostolic Vicariate of Savannakhet
|Apostolic Vicariate of Savannakhet
Vicariatus Apostolicus Savannakhetensis
|Metropolitan||Immediately subject to the Holy See|
|Area||48,100 km2 (18,600 sq mi)|
|(as of 2010)
|Cathedral||Cathedral of St Louis in Thakhek|
|Apostolic Vicar||Jean Marie Vianney Prida Inthirath|
|Emeritus Bishops||Pierre-Antonio-Jean Bach Vicar Apostolic Emeritus (1971–1975)|
The Apostolic Vicariate of Savannakhet (Latin: Vicariatus Apostolicus Savannakhetensis) is a territorial jurisdiction of the Catholic Church in Laos. As an apostolic vicariate, it is a pre-diocesan jurisdiction, entitled to a titular bishop. It is located in central Laos.
It is exempt, i.e., not part of any ecclesiastical province and directly dependent on the Holy See and its missionary Roman Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples.
The vicariate covers an area of 48,100 km² in central Laos, including the provinces of Savannakhet, Khammouan and part of Bolikhamxai. By land area, it is the largest of the apostolic vicariates in Laos. Approximately 12,500 of the 2.7 million people living within the vicariate are members of the Catholic Church. The vicariate has 54 parishes, and only 6 priests.
The Apostolic Vicariate of Savannakhet was originally established as the Prefecture Apostolic of Thakhek on 21 December 1950, when the Vicariate Apostolic of Laos was split into two parts. The western part in Thailand was renamed the Vicariate Apostolic of Thare, while the Laotian part was formed into a new prefecture. On 24 February 1958 it was elevated to an Apostolic Vicariate. In 1963 the name was changed to Savannakhet, even though its see remained in Thakhek, Khammouan province. In 1967 the southern part of the vicariate was erected as the independent Vicariate Apostolic of Paksé.
- Jean Marie Vianney Prida Inthirath, 9 January 2010 – present
- Jean Sommeng Vorachak, 21 April 1997 – 14 July 2009
- Jean-Baptiste Outhay Thepmany, 10 July 1975 – 21 April 1997
- Pierre-Antonio-Jean Bach, M.E.P., 28 June 1971 – 10 July 1975
- Jean-Rosière-Eugène Arnaud, M.E.P., 17 July 1950 – 10 October 1969
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